Derry post offices set for facelifts

Two busy post offices in Derry are to get spanking new looks as part of a major refurbishment programme.

The Shantallow and Creggan offices are gearing up for facelifts to “create a more modern environment for customers”.

Customers of the Shantallow branch, at Northside Shopping Centre, are reminded that the branch will be closed from Wednesday, June 12, and will re-open at the same location on Tuesday, June 18.

During the refurbishment, alternative post offices in the area include: The Rock Post Office, 141c Strand Road, and Galliagh Post Office, 1 Fairview Road.

The opening hours at Shantallow will continue to be: Monday: 9 a.m to 5.30 p.m., Tuesday to Friday: 8.30 a.m to 5.30 p.m. and Saturday: 9 a.m to 5.30 p.m.

In Creggan, meanwhile, the branch - which is located at the Rathmor Centre - will be closed from Wednesday, July 3 and will re-open at the same location on Tuesday, July 9.

The refurb aims to create a more modern environment for customers as well as providing increased Saturday opening hours.

The new modern look Creggan Post Office will continue to have four screened counter positions and Saturday opening hours will be extended until 5.30 p.m., giving customers an additional two-and-a-half hours to access products and services.

During the Creggan refurbishment, alternative post offices in the area include: Park Avenue Post Office, 10 Academy Terrace, and Derry Post Office, 3 Custom House Street.

Post Office Regional Network Manager for Northern Ireland, Sheila McCann, says: “This modernisation is part of a three-year investment programme, the largest in the history of the Post Office, that will see around 6,000 branches (about half the Post Office network) converting to new-style branches. This investment makes a commitment to no more branch closure programmes.”

Sinn Fein councillor Kevin Campbell has welcomed the Creggan revamp, describing it as “good news for the people of Creggan and the Bogside who use this post office on a daily basis.”